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Monday, July 16, 2012

Matar Usal (Green Peas Curry)

The other day, I was going through this wonderful website called 'WHFoods.org', that lists all the health foods in the world and was pleasantly surprised to find green peas there. The website says, that the peas have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They have Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and a good amount of Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Matar Usal (Peas Curry)
Matar Usal (Peas Curry)


Alright, so that gives me a good reason to make this simple, quick traditional Maharashtrian style 'Matar Usal' (Peas curry). The recipe version that I have mentioned here is the simplest, quickest way to end a long day. Of course, there is an eleborate recipe for the same, where you can make a paste of green chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and scraped or grated coconut. You can add a few more temperings like clove, cinnamon and curry leaves. Or can even add some more masalas like Maharashtrian goda masala or garam masala. But, if you want to make peas curry in a jiffy, go for this one.

Matar Usal (Peas Curry)
Matar Usal (Peas Curry)

Matar Usal (Peas Curry) - Recipe
Peas - 2 cups (Fresh or frozen)
Onions - 1 cup chopped
Tomatoes - 1 cup chopped
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 - 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tablespoon
Asafoetida powder - 2 pinches
Salt and oil

Ingredients for Matar Usal / Peas curry
Ingredients for Matar Usal / Peas curry
1. Heat oil in a pan / kadhai. Temper with mustard seeds and asafoetida powder.
2. Add chopped onions and saute' on medium heat.
3. Add chopped tomatoes, when the onions are soft and light brown.

Saute' onions and tomatoes
Saute' onions and tomatoes

4. Add turmeric, red chilli and coriander powder and ginger garlic paste and saute'.
5. Add peas and half a cup of water. Cover and cook. Add some more water if necessary.

Add peas and saute'
Add peas and saute'

6. When the peas are almost cooked, add coconut milk, salt and water if necessary.

Serve hot with chapati, puri or rice. And what's better way to finish up that bread in the pantry, than to relish it with this curry.

Matar Usal (Peas Curry)
Matar Usal (Peas Curry)


Some variations:
The Recipe for Matar Usal / Peas curry that I have mentioned here is a very mild and simple one. It can be made spicy as well. Some more additions or changes that can be made are as follows:
1. Temper with a clove and a small piece of cinnamon.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of Maharashtrian Goda Masala / Garam Masala
3. Add half a cup of Coconut paste, instead of coconut milk.
4. Add a paste of green chillies, ginger, garlic and coriander leaves, instead of ginger garlic paste.


Matar Usal (Peas Curry)
Matar Usal (Peas Curry)


43 comments:

  1. I love mattar so much dear..this is of course a varied taste of mattar.Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. Matar usal ani bread is something I just love. Nice usal recipe !

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  3. loved the creamy and delicious matar curry..

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  4. Meghana we make a similar usal by adding goda masala instead of coconut milk..The usal looks delicious.

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  5. Yummy peas curry www.cookingatmayflower.blogspot.com

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  6. creamy and delicious curry..

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  7. looks very creamy and yummy.. love to have with chapathi..
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  8. wow!!! i love green peas... looks so delicious n tempting me more...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  9. Thats an irresistible curry,goes awesome with rotis or simply with ghee rice. Thanks for sending to COG.

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  10. Delicious as promised, Meg :) I love the appearance, its very tempting and it sounds quite healthy too.

    Hugs

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  11. very creamy and delicious peas curry :)

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  12. Meghana,
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    This matar usal looks delicious, love that you added coconut milk. My weakness is coconut.

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  14. This is a very similar recipe to the regular green peas masala here in Kerala... It is a pleasant surprise to know that the Maharashtrian cusine has something similar to the Kerala cusine. Your curry looks really tempting with all the creaminess... :)

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  15. Yummy n flavorful curry! Loved your recipe dear..

    Cheers!
    Vani

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  16. Love the addition of coconut milk ... So n and creamy

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  17. lovely curry with coconut milk flavor

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  19. Tempting curry.. Thanks for sharing

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  22. Looks delicious! I love this with chapati :)First time on your lovely blog. So happy to follow you :)

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  23. Simple n yummm,perfect side dish for roti...

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  24. very interesting & healthy recipe..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  26. Hi Meghana,

    Green peas curry Looks YummY !!!

    Perfectly made with attracting colours Meghana:)

    www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

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  27. Your photos are terrific, I'm going to make this tonight, I have all the ingredients. I love peas in many ways, this will be new to me.
    By the way, just want to mention that sometimes I substitute Edamame for peas, they just need to cook a little longer than peas. Edamame are green soybeans from the green pod, and they are good too.

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  28. Wow! i love matar usal now day rainy season so....must try ur way thanks for sharing this.....

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  29. Hi Meghana ,

    Looks delicious !!!

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